Bradley Douglas Falchuk
March 1, 1971
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Hobart College (BA)|
American Film Institute (MFA)
American Horror Story
(m. 2002; div. 2013)
Bradley Douglas Falchuk (born March 1, 1971) is an American television writer, director, and producer. He is best known for co-creating with Ryan Murphy the television series Glee, American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and Pose. He was also a writer and executive producer for Nip/Tuck and is married to actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
Falchuk was born in Massachusetts to Jewish parents. His mother is Nancy Falchuk, the national president of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America from 2007 to 2011. In high school, he tried to stand out from his classmates by wearing a tie to school each day. He also played baseball, basketball and lacrosse. He said, "I was always trying to look smart because I didn't feel smart"; he actually had undiagnosed dyslexia. He graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1993.
He received his master's in screenwriting from AFI Conservatory.
Falchuk's career in television began as a writer for Mutant X (2001), Earth: Final Conflict (2001–02) and Veritas: The Quest (2003), before he was hired to work on the first season of Nip/Tuck in 2003. While working on Nip/Tuck, he formed a close bond and partnership with the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. Falchuk and Murphy went on to write a television pilot titled Pretty/Handsome, about a transgender gynecologist, which the FX network bought in 2008. However, the pilot was not picked up as a series.
As Nip/Tuck neared its sixth and final season, Falchuk and Murphy began to look for their next project, and decided to focus on a lighter subject. They teamed up with Ian Brennan, who had written a screenplay about high school show choirs, to pitch a one-hour comedy about a glee club to the Fox Broadcasting Company. Their pitch was successful and turned into the television show Glee, which premiered in 2009. Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan received two Writers Guild of America Award nominations for Best Comedy Series and Best New Series.
After the early success of Glee, Falchuk signed a two-year, seven-figure deal with 20th Century Fox Television which involved further work on Glee as well as the development of other projects for the studio. Glee concluded following its sixth season, which aired from January 9 to March 20, 2015.
In 2011, Falchuk co-created the FX horror-drama anthology series American Horror Story with previous collaborator Ryan Murphy. The first season, starring Jessica Lange, Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott, premiered October 5, 2011, and received critical acclaim; the series was nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, and 15 Primetime Emmys in 2013, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie both years. In 2014, the show was once again nominated for 17 Primetime Emmy Awards, with Falchuk nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.
Falchuk is an executive producer on American Crime Story with Ryan Murphy, which began airing on February 2, 2016. Falchuk, Murphy and Brennan also created Fox's horror comedy series Scream Queens, which ran from September 2015 to December 2016, and starred Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer and Jamie Lee Curtis. The first season was set on a college campus.
In March 2019, Falchuk signed a four-year overall deal with Netflix through his Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision production company to "develop, write, produce, and direct new series".
In 1997, as a student at the American Film Institute, Falchuk co-founded the arts education nonprofit Young Storytellers with Mikkel Bondesen and Andrew Barrett, in response to cutbacks in funding for creative arts programs in Los Angeles Unified School District. As of 2017[update], Falchuk served on the Young Storytellers advisory board of directors.
Falchuk's brother, Evan Falchuk, founded the United Independent Party and was a candidate for governor in the 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial election. In 2008, Falchuk was diagnosed by his father and brother's medical consulting firm as having a serious problem with his spinal cord. After undergoing emergency spinal surgery, he made a full recovery, and his experience inspired parts of the Glee episode "Wheels".
Falchuk's first wife was television producer Suzanne Bukinik, whom he began dating in 1994. The couple were married in 2002 and had two children. They filed for divorce in 2013.
Falchuk had met actress Gwyneth Paltrow on the set of Glee in 2010, and they began dating in 2014 when his first marriage ended. The couple went public with their relationship in April 2015 at a birthday party after months of speculation. On January 8, 2018, Paltrow and Falchuk announced they had become engaged. Their wedding was held on September 29, 2018, in The Hamptons on Long Island.
Falchuk and Paltrow practice Transcendental Meditation together.
|2010||AFI Awards||TV Program of the Year||Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan)||Won|
|2011||British Academy Television Awards||Best International||Nominated|
|2011||National Television Awards||Digital Choice||Nominated|
|2010||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Comedy Series||Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Kenneth J. Silverstein)||Nominated|
|2011||Glee (with Ryan Murphy, Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall, Kenneth J. Silverstein and Michael Novick)||Nominated|
|2012||Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special||American Horror Story: Coven (with Ryan Murphy for the episode "Bitchcraft")||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Miniseries or Movie||American Horror Story: Asylum (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Tim Minear, Jennifer Salt, James Wong, Jessica Sharzer, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2014||American Horror Story: Coven (with Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto, Bradley Buecker, Alexis Martin Woodall and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2021||Outstanding Drama Series||Pose (with Ryan Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Steven Canals, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Tanase Popa, Lou Eyrich, Jeff Dickerson, Todd Nenninger and Kip Davis Myers)||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Pose (with Steven Canals, Our Lady J, Janet Mock, and Ryan Murphy for the episode "Series Finale")||Nominated|
|2011||Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy||Glee (with Ian Brennan, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy and Kenneth J. Silverstein)||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television||American Horror Story: Asylum (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Alexis Martin Woodall, Ryan Murphy and Chip Vucelich)||Nominated|
|2014||American Horror Story: Coven (with Bradley Buecker, Dante Di Loreto, Ryan Murphy, Chip Vucelich and Alexis Martin Woodall)||Nominated|
|2010||TV Quick Awards||Best New Drama||Glee (with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan)||Won|
|2011||Best Drama Series||Nominated|
|2010||Writers Guild of America Awards||New Series||Nominated|
|2020||Valentine Davies Award|
Falchuk and his ex-wife, producer Suzanne Bukinik...